bahrainIslamabad, December 15, 2014: A roundtable discussion on “Pakistan-Bahrain relations: challenges and opportunities” was held at the Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies (CPGS) here today. This was the tenth in the series of Pakistan’s foreign policy review project that the CPGS is conducting.

The discussion was chaired by Senator Sehar Kamran (T.I.), the President, CPGS; and the keynote speakers were Mr. Jauhar Saleem, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs who has earlier also served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to Bahrain and Dr. Nazir Hussain, Associate Professor, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad.

The event was largely attended by academia, practitioners, journalists and university students. The speakers highlighted the bilateral cooperation and the role of the Pakistani Diaspora who are not only contributing in various professional fields but also a great source of remittances.

At the outset Senator Sehar Kamran remarked that Pakistan highly values its bilateral relations with the Kingdom of Bahrain. She however, observed that there is a dire need to explore more avenues of cooperation to work together for mutual benefits and socio economic progress of the two sides.

The recent visit of Bahrain King and MOU’s signed among both the countries were highly appreciated by the participants. However, it was recommended that Pakistan’s friendly relations with Bahrain do not commensurate with economic relations. Therefore, Pakistan should focus more on harbouring economic relations with Bahrain. The people to people contact, academic expertise/ educational exchange programme and mutual trade should be enhanced.

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